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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Monday, September 21st 5:00 - 6:30pm

Panelists

  • Dr. Huixia Wang, Program Director, NSF
  • Dr. Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, Director, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
  • Recent Recipients of NSF GRFP
  • CCAS Faculty Sandy Kawano (Biological Sciences)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported natural science, social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and Doctoral degrees.

Understand more about what GRFP can support and what resources are available to help with the application process. Recipients will share their experience and insights and faculty will provide techniques and strategies that could boost the  competitiveness of fellowship applications.

The GRFP is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students in their first and second year of graduate study.

The audio recording of the webinar, the video recording, and the slides are available to download.

RSVP

We are soliciting proposals for 2020-2021 fellows at a pilot GW virtual humanities center co-sponsored by OVPR and CCAS. We aim to have a broad representation of disciplines, cultures, and time periods across the humanities as we seek to build a vital interdisciplinary organization to connect humanities researchers within GW and to promote their work to the larger community.

The theme for the year is "culture in crisis." We are looking to create a collaborative group of researchers working on various aspects of this theme; research related to the COVID-19 crisis, either regarding its contemporary dimensions or providing historical perspectives, is especially welcome.

Fellows will:

  • participate in the first-year incubation of the much-anticipated GW humanities center
  • present (virtually) a pre-circulated work-in-progress on “culture in crisis” to the center community sometime during your fellowship year
  • participate in the bi-weekly virtual center gatherings (the first and third Fridays of each month at noon)
  • develop a short public-facing presentation on your research
  • invite an outside speaker for a virtual presentation on the “culture in crisis” theme (outside speakers will be offered a $200 honorarium)
  • receive $1000 in FY21 research funds
  • receive 60 hours per semester of an undergraduate work-study RA

Center will:

  • foster interdisciplinary collaboration
  • incubate fellows’ works-in-progress
  • allow cross-fertilization between fellows’ projects
  • provide a public platform to promote fellows’ work in the humanities and its relevance in this moment of crisis
  • create a structured mechanism for student mentorship and student involvement in research
  • develop a launching pad to develop competitive funding proposals for nationally competitive grants

Deadline and application submission information are still pending. Application will be made available in InfoReady in the near future. In the meantime, you can start preparing the following:

  • a 500-word description of your "culture in crisis" research (on which you will present a work-in-progress this year), including a brief consideration of how you would use the research funds and RA support
  • a 100-word bio of the outside speaker you would propose inviting
  • your CV

For questions please contact Jamie Cohen-Cole (jcohencole@gwu.edu) or Lynn Westwater (llww@gwu.edu), OVPR Humanities Advisory Committee Co-Chairs.

You may have seen the announcement in the Research Update about the Dean's Office's intent to develop summer writing groups. 

The writing groups can be designed to help you in any project you desire, for example: writing book chapters; journal papers; or applications for fellowships and grants. These would provide an ideal way to help you power through that chapter, or approach the drafting of your NSF CAREER grant in a more structured way. The idea is to start with a six-week commitment (unless the grant deadline is earlier :-)), and you are free to agree as a group to extend the group beyond that period, if you are finding it helpful. This is our first time trying such a thing so we would welcome your participation and feedback as to how we can make the process better.

In order to register your interest, please fill out the google form by Wednesday, July 15th and we will try to match you with a small group (3-4) of faculty with similar aims and needs. There are three types of groups we came across in researching the model and they are explained at the start of the form. The group will typically meet once per week, but you are free to determine as a group whether you want to meet more or less frequently than that, how long each meeting will last, and which online platform you will use to meet.

OVPR has announced the HFF competition for this year. Details below.

Deadline EXTENDED: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Amount: Awards are up to $5,000, but successful applicants may be awarded less than the amount they apply for in order to fund as many deserving applicants as possible.

Award Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Program Description: The goal of the Humanities Facilitating Fund (HFF) is to provide funding for the promotion of scholarship of humanities faculty at GW.

Eligibility: Regular-Status Faculty in humanities disciplines (including Corcoran faculty) may apply.

Applications must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats, and uploaded into the OVPR-InfoReady application portal along with completed required information fields.

For more details, please see the FY21 HFF Call for Proposals_Extended

Contact: Questions can be sent to Prof. Jamie Cohen-Cole, jcohencole@gwu.edu, or Prof. Lynn Westwater, llww@gwu.edu.

 

WOWTALK XVII

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

WOWTALK Speakers:

Adam Aviv, Computer Science
"Human Factors in Mobile Authentication"

Ira S. Lurie, Forensic Sciences
"Combating the Opioid Crisis Using Forensic Chemistry"

RSVP

The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

WOWTALK Speakers:

Sandy Kawano, Biology
"Integrating ecology, evolution, and biomechanics to investigate how animals move"

Nirbhay Kumar, Global Health

"A Vaccine to eliminate Malaria that causes 1 death per minute"

Murray Loew, Biomedical Engineering
"Seeing the Invisible: Recent work in medical imaging and image analysis"

 

WOW Flyer Dec2019- 11x17

 

Video of presentations

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Friday, September 20
12:00 -1 :30pm
Lunch to follow
Science & Engineering Hall -- B1220

Panelists

  • Dr. Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, Director, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
  • Recent Recipients of NSF GRFP
  • CCAS Faculty John Philbeck (Psychology), and Sandy Kawano (Biological Sciences)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported natural science, social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and Doctoral degrees.

Understand more about what GRFP can support and what resources are available to help with the application process. Recipients will share their experience and insights and faculty will provide techniques and strategies that could boost the  competitiveness of fellowship applications.

RSVP

Printable GRFP Flyer 11x17

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220

WOWTALK Speakers:

Aylin Caliskan, Computer Science
Human-like Bias in Machine Intelligence

Stephen Hsu, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Surface Engineering: Multiscale Multifunctional Surfaces

Francys Subiaul, Anthropology (CASHP), Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

RSVP

The WOWTALK (What’s Our Work) Series brings together colleagues and students from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall—and related fields—to present new research and share ideas. These short talks (15 minutes each) are designed to introduce members of the GW community to current and exciting research projects undertaken in labs in the SEH, to initiate discussion, collaborate, share expertise, and to promote research performed in the SEH and at GW.

Printable Flyer (11x17 or 8.5x14)

Funding Opportunities

White Paper Solicitations

Deadlines: early July, noted in each solicitation below

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting white papers in the areas of Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT), Logic and Memory Devices (LMD), AI Hardware (AIHW), Packaging (PKG) and Packaging "CHIRP" (PKG CHIRP).  Each researcher may be involved in no more than two submissions per call. A selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal for further consideration for a research contract.

The white paper solicitations, needs documents, and instructions for submissions can be found at:


Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative: Investigator Award

Deadline: July 26, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Award: $1.9M over 5 years
The EPiQS experimental investigator awards support U.S. experts in experimental studies of quantum materials to pursue discovery of new emergent electronic and magnetic phenomena in materials, elucidate the origin of previously known emergent phenomena, develop new experimental techniques for probing quantum materials, or significantly improve the performance of the existing techniques.Tenured, tenure-track, and research faculty at U.S. academic institutions are eligible to apply.

Full Call for Proposal Details

Contact: Susan Boerstling, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, sboerstling@gwu.edu


Building Evidence on Access to Early Care
and Education Access for Low-Income Families

Deadline: July 25, 2019 (Brief Proposal)
Award: approx. 10 awards of $50,000 to $500,000
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families.
Contact: Sarah Katz, Associate Director, Foundation Relations, sarah_katz@gwu.edu

*This is a GW Priority Foundation. Please visit the Priority Foundations and Corporations page to view more information on the process for applying to GW priority corporations and foundations.


Healthy Eating Research

Deadline: July 31, 2019  (Concept Paper)
Award: Up to $320,000 over 2 yearsThe Health Eating Research program aims to provide advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with the evidence needed to address the key social determinants of health and inequalities that underlie poor dietary patterns and related health consequences.
Contact: Sarah Katz, Associate Director, Foundation Relations, sarah_katz@gwu.edu

 

*This is a GW Priority Foundation. Please visit the Priority Foundations and Corporations page to view more information on the process for applying to GW priority corporations and foundations.


Events

RCR Workshop: Conflicts of Interest in Research

Date/Time: Thurs, June 27, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Marvin Center, Room 311
Presenters:
Ray Lucas, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Health Affairs
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Paul Ndebele, Ph.D.
Senior Research Regulatory Specialist
Milken Institute of Public Health

 

RSVP to resinteg@gwu.edu

The Office of Research Integrity is hosting a Responsible Conduct of Research session on Conflicts of Interest (COI) in Research. We are excited to have our colleagues discuss COI in biomedical and social/behavioral research, current topics in university research COI, and recommendations to improve the review of COI matters at GW.

Anyone engaging in research or scholarly activity at GW including, under- and graduate students, administrative staff, researchers, postdocs and faculty, is encouraged to attend.


Updates from NSF

Beginning with the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A draft version of the PAPPG was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The deadline for submission of comments is COB July 29, 2019.

NSF has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.

Multiple training resources are available on the SviENcv website.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. Direct any IT system-related questions to the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.

 

Dear Colleagues,

When I received a crystal apple at the GW Faculty Honors Ceremony in 2017, I realized I had been here for 25 years, and now even longer. This has been an incredible part of my career and life, especially the past five years when I had the opportunity to work with you in enhancing our research and in seeking opportunities in strategic initiatives. I am deeply grateful for the kind of advice, collegiality, help, and support from you all that has helped me to sail through this part of the journey of my life.

With mixed feelings of gratitude and sadness, I want to inform you of my plan to leave GW to pursue an opportunity at CUNY Queens College, where I will be Associate Provost for Research and International Programs. CCAS leadership has already identified an excellent replacement for me in the Dean's Office, and I will assist as needed throughout the transition.  I am sure this will lead to continued success in the research and academic enterprise at CCAS.

Let me share with you a little farewell message dedicated to you.  It is based on the Spanish song La Paloma and was shared with colleagues in the dean's office at a farewell event in honor of the four Associate/Vice Deans who are stepping down. You can laugh at me, but please don't cry.

 

La Paloma
– Dedicated to my Colleagues and Friends
YR, June 2019

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind, blow softly here.
At Foggy Bottom we share our hearts,
as some of us will come to part.

Then you’ll find a dove, waiting at your window,
Singing a song through the window.
Let it come in and fly around you,
Its-heart-is mine as it-sings I love you 

Please don't cry when I step down today,
For Juliana 'n SRA team will make your day.
From Multi-School-Routing to O-VPR, from PI dashboard to CFR.
From Award set up to closing out, PI Effort Reports and we know how.
5 day rule 'n last min rescue u,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you

Please don't cry when I step down today,
You'll love your new ADR right away.
Faculty CAN / WoW- Taaalk, Res Update w Kristin's Support.
CCFF / Dean’s Research Chair, Res Blog will stay right here.
Strategic initiatives w ideas from you,
and a white-dove-with-greetings from me to you

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today,
Dean Wahlbeck will-lead-us-higher day after day.
From grad enrollment to diversity,
From 5 year plan to civility.
Baseball game and APR Review,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you.

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today,
We’ll have new Asso/Vice-Deans before it’s late.
From Freshmen Seminar to Ly-te-rati,
From GTA support to Roooound Robin.
Contract renew and sabbatical due,
and a white dove with greetings from me to you.

Don't cry when-four-of-us-are stepping-down today
Look at our very best who are here to stay.
Kim 'n Evie, Taoran 'n Cindy
Denise 'n  Cara, Max 'n Mafona
You'n you'n all of you
and a white dove with greetings from me to you
And a white dove with greetings from me to you!

Background of La Paloma: La Paloma was composed by a Spanish composer Sebastian Iradier after he visited Cuba in 1861, two years before he died in obscurity. He never knew how popular his song would become worldwide and in diverse cultures during the last 150 years. In Zanzibar "La Paloma" is played at the end of weddings, in Romania at the end of funerals, in Mexico as a protest song, and in Germany as a sailor’s lament, in some countries it is a quasi-folk song. In USA Elvis Plesley sang "La Paloma" (No More).

The motif of "La Paloma" (the dove) can be traced back to an episode that occurred in 492 BC, when a Persian fleet was caught in a storm off the shore of Mount Athos and wrecked. Greeks observed white doves escaping from the sinking Persian ships, a time when the white dove had not yet been seen in Europe. This inspired the notion that such birds bring home a final message of love from a sailor who is lost at sea.

This theme that a final link of love overcomes death and separation is reflected in "La Paloma". While the lyrics may not always be true to the original, the soul of the song seems to survive all attempts to recast it in whatever new form and shape there may be and is able to express the tension between separation with loneliness, even death, and love.

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